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Supreme Court on Death Penalty


PUJA AWASTHI | New Delhi, January 24, 2014 12:08
Tags : Supreme Court |schizophrenia |three-judge |

The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court has commuted the death sentences of 15 convicts to life imprisonment reasoning that delay in deciding mercy pleas or insanity/mental illness like schizophrenia could be grounds for commuting death sentences. The court has also mandated a 14-day gap between the communication of the mercy petition’s rejection to the convict and his family members and actual execution of the deathsentence. The gap, said the court would also help a convict “make his peace with god, prepare his will and settle other earthly affairs...” It also held that there cannot be any distinction whether a person on death row was convicted for terror or other charges in entertaining their petition challenging the rejection of their mercy pleas on grounds of inordinate, unexplained and unreasonable. Human right activists have welcomed the move saying it was a decision long overdue.In doing so, the court has taken note of the fact that a lot time is spent in litigation over which the accused had no real control. 

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017